An event in Menai Bridge to celebrate North Wales's coastal heritage and the abundance of seafood and fish available around the shores of Anglesey. Cooking demonstrations, local produce market, art and craft, music, and activities for kids.What's on
Thanks to the team behind Menai Seafood Festival, pupils from seven Anglesey primary schools have been learning about the marine environment and the types of fish and sea creatures that live in the local shores.
Over 200 children have taken part in the Festival’s education programme aimed at teaching young people about the importance of protecting and enhancing the local coastal environment.
Sponsored by Mostyn Estates, the programme combines marine education, cookery and art. Workshops have been held at the seven primary schools in and around Menai Bridge, which will host this year’s Seafood Festival on the 20th August.
These workshops included sessions by an Anglesey Sea Zoo marine biologist about the impact of littering on the coastal environment and the importance of recycling. The project also featured cookery and tasting sessions run by Dylan’s chefs and Denise Baker of Moel Faban Suppers to learn how to prepare locally caught fish and seafood, and art sessions where the children have been creating fish out of plastic bottles and other recycled materials to be used as decorative bunting on the day of the Festival.
Menai Seafood Festival Committee Chair, David Evans, said: “Education has always been at the heart of the Festival. It was set up back in 2013 to raise awareness of the fantastic fish and seafood available locally, as well as the importance of safeguarding our coastal heritage and environment.
“We’re very glad that local schools have come on board again this year and to have so many primary aged children take part. The children all seem to have really enjoyed the workshops which have involved hands on learning, tasting local seafood and creating fish out of recycled bottles.”
The seven schools that took part were: Beaumaris, Llandegfan, Llanddaniel, Llangoed, Llanfairpwll, Menai Bridge and Pentraeth.
Mrs Gwyneth Môn Hughes, Headteacher at Ysgol Gynradd Beaumaris said: “These workshops have been hugely beneficial for the pupils. They have given them the opportunity to taste and learn about the types of seafood available on their doorstep, and hopefully has encouraged them to become seafood lovers in the future.
“The sessions have also taught them about their local environment and how important it is to recycle and reuse to keep the coastal environment clean.
“What’s great is that the Menai Seafood Festival education programme ties in with the science, geography and art national curriculum so we can continue with what they’ve learned already through additional activities at the school.”